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NCAA Wrestling: Minnesota Returns Five Top 5 Seniors; Ness And Storley # 1 MMA News Opinion 

NCAA Wrestling: Minnesota Returns Five Top 5 Seniors; Ness And Storley # 1

The Open Mat released its first set of individual rankings for the 2014-2015 season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers find five different wrestlers with all-American credentials ranked in the Top 5 at their weight. Last season the Golden Gophers finished 4.5 points behind Penn State as Runner-ups at nationals.

Nick Dardanes drops down a weight class from 149 to 141. He was seeded second last season entering the nationals. After falling in the opening round to an unseeded Matthew Frisch (CIT), Nick won two matches in wrestle backs before losing to Habat of Edinboro. Dardanes returns to start the season ranked fifth at the 141-pound weight class.

Chris Dardanes also is dropping a weight class as he descends from 141 to 133. The Dardanes twins, both seniors, dropped down one weight class to help the Golden Gophers make a run at a national title. Chris Dardanes lost last season in the nationals in the round of 16 to the eleventh seeded Lazor of Northern Iowa. Chris Dardanes also won two bouts in the wrestle backs before falling to the number one overall seed and eventual third place medalist. Chris Dardanes is ranked fourth in the 133-pound weight class.

Scott Schiller finished third last season after losing a heartbreaker in the first tie-breaker of the semi-finals by a score of 2-1. Schiller returns this season as a senior and ranked second at the 197-pound weight class, only behind sophomore and last season’s champion J’Den Cox of Missouri.

Dylan Ness, 157, and Logan Storley, 174, are both senior wrestlers that find themselves at the top of their respected weight classes. They will both return to their previous season’s weight class as the number one ranked wrestler. Ness was the 2014 NCAA national Runner-up after falling by a major to champion Alex Dieringer 13-4. He reached the finals after winning four bouts and upsetting three high seeded wrestlers.

Storley reached the semi-finals after upsetting the third seed, Kokesh of Nebraska. Storley would lose in the semi-finals to second seed Andrew Howe of Oklahoma University. Storley found himself facing Kokesh for the second time as they wrestled for third place. Kokesh dragged Storley to a tie-breaker for the second time. Storley would defeat the Corn Husker in the first tie-breaker by a score of 3-1.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have five Top 5 ranked seniors returning to their lineup this season. Since Penn State has graduated two of their best wrestlers in program history, David Taylor and Ed Ruth, Minnesota has a solid chance of winning the Big Ten Conference Dual-Meet championship outright. Expect J Robinson and the Golden Gopher nation to have expectations of sweeping the Big Ten and taking home a national championship.

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Below is The Open Mat’s Top 5 in all ten weight classes.

125
1 Jesse Delgado Illinois Sr. 30-2
2 Nahshon Garrett Cornell Jr. 34-2
3 Alan Waters Missouri Sr. 3-3*
4 Joey Dance Virginia Tech So. 29-10
5 Thomas Gilman Iowa So. 17-3

 

133
1 A.J. Schopp Edinboro Sr. 35-3
2 Mason Beckman Lehigh Jr. 28-6
3 Cody Brewer Oklahoma Jr. 23-10
4 Chris Dardanes Minnesota Sr. 28-8
5 Cory Clark Iowa So. 22-4
141
1 Logan Stieber Ohio State Sr. 30-1
2 Mitchell Port Edinboro Sr. 32-1
3 Zain Retherford Penn State So. 33-3
4 Stephen Dutton Michigan Sr. 13-6
5 Nick Dardanes Minnesota Sr. 34-5
149
1 Jason Tsirtsis Northwestern So. 32-3
2 Josh Kindig Oklahoma State Sr. 24-9
3 Devin Carter Virginia Tech Sr. 18-1
4 Hunter Stieber Ohio State Jr. 18-0*
5 David Habat Edinboro Sr. 32-6
157
1 Dylan Ness Minnesota Sr. 23-6
2 James Green Nebraska Sr. 35-2
3 Ian Miller Kent State Jr. 31-6
4 Brian Realbuto Cornell So. 36-10
5 Anthony Perrotti Rutgers Jr. 22-15
165
1 Alex Dieringer Oklahoma State Jr. 32-1
2 Nick Sulzer Virginia Sr. 36-3
3 Mike Moreno Iowa State Sr. 31-9
4 Isaac Jordan Wisconsin So. 31-7
5 Pierce Harger Northwestern Sr. 29-10
174
1 Logan Storley Minnesota Sr. 35-6
2 Robert Kokesh Nebraska Sr. 37-3
3 Matt Brown Penn State Sr. 33-6
4 Mike Evans Iowa Sr. 28-7
5 Tyler Wilps Pittsburgh Sr. 32-7
184
1 Gabe Dean Cornell So. 40-3
2 Jack Dechow Old Dominion So. 21-6
3 Lorenzo Thomas Penn Sr. 30-11
4 Ophir Bernstein Brown Sr. 36-11
5 Max Thomusseit Pittsburgh Sr. 21-4
197
1 J’Den Cox Missouri So. 38-2
2 Scott Schiller Minnesota Sr. 34-5
3 Kyven Gadson Iowa State Sr. 30-4
4 Conner Hartmann Duke Jr. 28-11
5 Morgan McIntosh Penn State Jr. 32-5
285
1 Nick Gwiazdowski N.C. State Jr. 43-2
2 Mike McMullan Northwestern Sr. 20-5
3 Bobby Telford Iowa Sr. 26-7
4 Austin Marsden Oklahoma State Jr. 23-9
5 Adam Coon Michigan So. 32-5

 

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Kyle Carroll

Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father is currently a high school wrestling coach on Long Island, with more than 35 years of experience. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage has included the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, the 2013 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).

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